Monterrey International Airport

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General Mariano Escobedo International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Mariano Escobedo
Aeropuerto Internacional de Monterrey.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte
Serves Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
Location Apodaca, Nuevo Leon
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 1,280 ft / 390 m
Coordinates 25°46′42″N 100°06′23″W / 25.77833°N 100.10639°W / 25.77833; -100.10639Coordinates: 25°46′42″N 100°06′23″W / 25.77833°N 100.10639°W / 25.77833; -100.10639
MTY is located in Mexico
Location of airport in Mexico
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 9,843 3,000 Asphalt
16/34 5,909 1,801 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Total Passengers 9,771,630 Increase 6.46%
Ranking in Mexico 4th Steady
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte

Monterrey International Airport, (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Monterrey); ceremonial name General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (IATA: MTYICAO: MMMY), is an international airport located in Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico. Together with Del Norte International Airport, the airport handles domestic and international operations for the city of Monterrey and its metropolitan area.

There are almost 300 daily flights to more than 35 destinations in Mexico and the United States. It is the country's fourth busiest airport and is the busiest in northern Mexico. Only Mexico City, Cancún, and Guadalajara serve more passengers per year than Monterrey International Airport.

The airport serves as a hub for Aeroméxico/Aeroméxico Connect,[1] Magnicharters, and VivaAerobus, and a focus city for Interjet and Volaris. Airport terminals were renovated and expanded in 2003 and 2007.

It's also one of the fastest growing airports in Mexico: in 2016, the airport handled 9,178,533 passengers, and in 2017 it handled 9,771,630 passengers.[2]

Terminal configurations[edit]

  • Terminal A, consists of a building comprising check-in facilities, baggage claiming, shopping areas, restaurants, customs, airport and airline offices, as many other services, while the satellite building connected via underground tunnels comprises all the VIP and waiting lounges, migration among other services as well as obviously the boarding gates. The Satellite building, is divided into two concourses, North Concourse for domestic flights (Gates A1-A15), while South Concourse comprises all the international flights that operate into the airport (Gates B3-B8). Several flights are delayed day by day due to the lack of free contact and even remote positions, as the ones capable of handling large aircraft such as the Boeing 767. Nevertheless, Terminal C and Terminal B work as a relief system for this terminal. There are future plans to remodel and expand the Satellite building, adding at least 4 new jetways and 3 remote positions.
  • Terminal B, considered as the second most modern air facility in the country (only behind the Mexico City's Terminal 2), it was opened on September 2010. The terminal comprise 8 gates, 6 of which are equipped with jetways and 2 apron-doors which might be used by Aeroméxico's feeder airline Aeroméxico Connect. The terminal house all operations of the Sky Team member airlines, similar to Terminal 2 in Mexico City International Airport. The airport terminal is able to handle up to 2 million passengers per year, and allows the airport to free some slots for new airlines to operate into Terminal A.
  • Terminal C, inaugurated on November 30, 2006, houses the operations from low cost carrier serving the airport, VivaAerobus. This terminal works completely independent to Terminal A, opposite to Terminal B functionality.
  • Air Cargo Terminal, recently launched the "Air Cargo Terminal", which has 6 hectares (15 acres) for operations. Courier companies operating nationally and abroad, notably FedEx, DHL, UPS, Estafeta.

Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, the airport company operating this airport, has its headquarters in the air cargo zone.[3]


Diagram of the Monterrey Airport terminals

The airport resides at an elevation of 1280 feet (390 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 11/29 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,000 by 45 metres (9,843 ft × 148 ft). A second runway which is rarely used is designated 16/34 and also has an asphalt surface with a stretch of 1,801 by 30 metres (5,909 ft × 98 ft). The main runway, 11/29, has an ILS approach system and has its own VHF omnidirectional radio range (VOR) and DME station. It is also capable of handling aircraft such as the Boeing 747-400, but due to the lack of remote positions, this airport is mainly used by smaller aircraft. In September 2014, Monterrey commenced its first intercontinental flight in years when Aeromexico begins flying its Boeing 787 Dreamliner four days a week to Tokyo-Narita as a fuel stop to flights between Mexico City International Airport and Tokyo-Narita. Aeromexico stated that the flight will last while Tijuana International Airport, the usual gateway to Mexico from Asia, makes improvements to its runway. Monterrey was selected due to its importance to the country's economy and for being a popular business destination.

  • Terminal A: 9 contact positions, 12 remote positions
  • Terminal B: 6 contact positions, 7 remote positions
  • Terminal C: 8 remote positions
    • VivaAerobus has its corporate headquarters in the Cargo Zone of Terminal C[4]
  • Number of jetways: 9 (Terminal A), 6 (Terminal B)
  • Number of baggage claiming carousels: 4

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aeroméxico Mexico City, Seoul–Incheon^1
Aeroméxico Connect Atlanta, Cancún, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Detroit (resumes March 1, 2018), Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Las Vegas, León/El Bajío, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York–JFK, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Tijuana, Veracruz
Seasonal: Denver[5]
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami
Calafia Airlines Culiacán, La Paz
Copa Airlines Panama City
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit
Interjet Aguascalientes, Cancún, Ciudad Obregón (begins March 10, 2018)[6] Guadalajara, Havana, Houston–Intercontinental, Las Vegas, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, San Antonio, San Luis Potosí, Toluca/Mexico City
Magnicharters Acapulco, Cancún, Chihuahua, Huatulco, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Las Vegas, Mazatlán, Orlando, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo
Seasonal: Cozumel, Punta Cana
TAR Durango, Guadalajara, Querétaro, Tampico
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Houston-Intercontinental
VivaAerobus Acapulco, Cancún, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Obregón, Culiacán, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Houston–Intercontinental, La Paz, León/El Bajío, Mazatlán, Mérida, Mexicali, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puebla, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo, Tampico, Tijuana, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Huatulco, Las Vegas, Querétaro
Volaris Cancún, Chicago-O'Hare, Cozumel, Denver, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Huatulco, Mérida, Mexicali, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puebla, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, San José del Cabo, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City
  • ^1 The flight originates in Mexico City; Monterrey is a fuel stopover for the outbound leg. The plane is capable to fly nonstop to Mexico City on the return flight, therefore Monterrey is not a destination served by Incheon Airport.


Airlines Destinations
Amerijet International Mexico City
AeroUnion Los Angeles, Mexico City
DHL Aviation
operated by ABX Air
Estafeta Chihuahua, San Luis Potosí
FedEx Memphis
MasAir Mexico City
Regional Cargo Mexico City, Querétaro
UPS Austin

Busiest routes[edit]

North Gate of Terminal A.
Airport's Terminal B.
Airport's Terminal C.
Busiest domestic routes from Monterrey International Airport (2016)
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airlines
1  Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City 1,586,219 Steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2  Quintana Roo, Cancún 473,818 Steady Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3  Jalisco, Guadalajara 320,544 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, TAR, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4  Guanajuato, León 127,325 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
5  Baja California, Tijuana 123,819 Increase 8 Aeroméxico Connect, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
6  Sonora, Hermosillo 111,681 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
7  Chihuahua, Chihuahua 106,085 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico Connect, TAR, VivaAerobus, Volaris
8  Querétaro, Querétaro 103,712 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico Connect, TAR, Volaris
9  México (state), Toluca 99,361 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Volaris
10  Veracruz, Veracruz 97,407 Decrease 2 Aeroméxico Connect, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
11  Yucatán, Mérida 92,495 Increase 5 VivaAerobus, Volaris
12  Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta 92,022 Increase 2 Magni, TAR, VivaAerobus, Volaris
13  Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez 84,871 Increase 2 Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus
14  Sinaloa, Culiacán 80,214 Decrease 2 VivaAerobus, Volaris
15  Tamaulipas, Tampico 76,125 Decrease 4 Aeroméxico Connect, TAR, VivaAerobus
Busiest international routes from Monterrey International Airport (2016)[7]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airlines
1  United States, Houston 115,627 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, United Express, VivaAerobus
2  United States, Dallas 96,951 Steady American Airlines
3  United States, Atlanta 62,030 Steady Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection
4  United States, Chicago 48,180 Increase 2 Aeroméxico, United Express, Volaris
5  United States, Las Vegas 42,189 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus
6  United States, San Antonio 31,939 Increase 1 Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus
7  United States, New York 27,996 Increase 1 Aeroméxico Connect
8  Panama, Panama City 13,744 Increase 2 Copa Airlines
9  Cuba, Havana 8,987 Increase 3 Interjet
10  United States, Miami 5,267 Decrease 1 American Airlines
11  United States, Detroit 4,472 Steady Delta Air Lines
12  United States, Denver 1,739 Aeroméxico Connect, Volaris
13  Japan, Tokyo 1,247 Decrease 8 Aeroméxico
14  United States, Orlando 903 Decrease 1 Magni
15  Canada, Vancouver 147

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On February 11, 2010, Click Mexicana Flight 7222, operated by Fokker 100 XA-SHJ suffered an undercarriage malfunction on approach to Quetzalcóatl International Airport, Nuevo Laredo. A low fly-past confirmed that both main gears had not deployed. The aircraft diverted to Monterrey. It was substantially damaged in the landing, having departed the runway and spun through 180°.[8]
  • On April 13, 2010 an Aerounion – Aerotransporte de Carga Union Airbus A-300B4-200, registration XA-TUE performing a freight flight, AeroUnion Flight 302 from Mexico (Mexico) to Monterrey (Mexico) with 5 crew, crashed on approach to land on General Mariano Escobedo International Airport's runway 11. The aircraft came to rest on a highway at around 23:30L (04:30Z Apr 14). All on board perished, 1 person in a truck on the highway was also reported killed, the airplane was destroyed after a large fire broke out.[9]
  • On November 24, 2010 a Mexican Air Force AN-32 cargo flight crashed when taking off from General Mariano Escobedo International Airport for a flight to Mexico City. All 5 crew members died.
  • On December 9, 2012, a Learjet 25 carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera and 4 other passengers, and 2 crew, crashed 7 minutes after take-off, while on its way to Toluca. All seven occupants died.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aeromexico increases its connectivity to provide additional benefits to all of its clients", Press Release, Aeromexico, May 7, 2014
  2. ^ "Passenger's Traffic". Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte. January 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte. Retrieved on February 18, 2011. "Headquarters Aeropuerto Internacional de Monterrey, Zona de Carga Aérea Carretera Miguel Alemán Km. 24 S/N Apodaca, NL., México. CP 66600."
  4. ^ "Contact." VivaAerobus. Retrieved on August 29, 2010. "HEADQUARTERS: Aeropuerto de Monterrey, Terminal C, Zona de carga Carretera Miguel Alemán Km. 24 Apodaca, Nuevo León, México C.P. 66600"
  5. ^ "Aeroméxico brings direct flights from Denver to Monterrey, Mexico" (in Spanish). Entravision. July 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Increases connectivity Obregón-Monterrey" (in Spanish). January 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Air carrier operational statistics". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2017. Archived from the original on October 16, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  8. ^ Hradecky, Simon. "Accident: Click Mexicana F100 at Monterrey on Feb 11th 2010, landed without main gear". Aviation Herald. Retrieved February 13, 2010. 
  9. ^ "6 muertos in Monterrey". 
  10. ^ Planas, Roque (December 9, 2012). "Jenni Rivera Dies In Plane Crash Leaving No Survivors". Huffington Post. 

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